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Johannesburg Sports
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Johannesburg’s favourite sports are road running, soccer, rugby and cricket. Early each Sunday morning, road runners gather in their 10's of 1000's to take part in road races organised by dozens of athletic clubs, such as Benoni Harriers, the RAC (Rand Athletic Club), Pirates and Varsity Kudus. There is broad online information available for running information, as well as cycling, mountain biking, adventure racing, canoeing and triathlon.

South Africans are generally soccer mad and the Johannesburg clubs play either in the MTN Supersport Leagues or the PSL (Professional Soccer League). In the PSL, top Johannesburg teams and fierce rivals are the Amakhozi or Kaizer Chiefs, The Birds or Morocco Swallows, and Buccaneers/Bucs or Orlando Pirates, which are based at the city’s Johannesburg, Rand and FNB stadiums respectively. The Wits University team, called Clever Boys, is right up there with the best of them and, with a player membership of over 1,500, is 1 of the world’s largest clubs. The city’s best, under the MTN banner, are Alexander United and Katlehong City, who play at the Alexander and Reiger Park stadiums.

Home to the Gauteng Lions, the fearsome Johannesburg rugby team, Ellis Park, South Park Street (telephone: (011) 402 8644/8) is arguably the world’s most famous rugby stadium, while the famed cricket team, Highveld Strikers, are based at Johannesburg’s renowned Wanderers Stadium, Corlett Drive, Illovo (telephone: (011) 788 1008). This provincial team takes part in the impressive Supersport and Standard Bank Cup series.

There is a large number of brilliant websites, all trying to keep up with the South African’s insatiable appetite for sport. There is a website for soccer enthusiasts, which is the best place to find out everything concerning fixtures, clubs, tickets and venues. There is a website that gives information on rugby, and an tremendously informative one for South African cricket. There is a comprehensive website for full schedules and press reports online, sport fanatics should click on sport.

Most tickets for major sporting events are available through Ticketweb or Computicket.


There are dozens of great golf courses in and around Johannesburg, including Bryanston Country Club, Bryanston Drive, Bryanston (telephone: (011) 706 1391), Houghton Golf Club, Second Avenue, Houghton (telephone: (011) 728 7337), Randpark Golf Club, Setperk Street, Windsor Park (telephone: (011) 476 1691), and Royal Johannesburg Golf Club (telephone: (011) 640 3021). Visitor’s green fees range from R 130 to R 200. Visiting golfers have to carry proof of membership of any genuine golf club. Caddies and carts are available for hire at all courses at approximately R 70 and R 130 respectively. Further information is available online.


With the recent demise of the extensive Health and Racquet Club chain, which had over a dozen branches in Johannesburg, Richard Branson’s Virgin Active has stepped in to refurbish the gyms (telephone: (0860) 200 911). There are branches at Bedfordview (telephone: (011) 455 1870), Bruma Lake (telephone: (011) 616 6373), Bryan Park (telephone: (011) 463 6610), Cresta Centre (telephone: (011) 476 2223), Fourways Mall (telephone: (011) 465 9590), Morningside (telephone: (011) 883 1951), Northgate (telephone: (011) 794 2402), Old Eds (Houghton East) (telephone: (011) 483 1298), Randburg (telephone: (011) 792 8860); Sandton (telephone: (011) 883 4633), and Vodaworld (Midrand) (telephone: (011) 318 3355).


There are 3 racecourses in and around Johannesburg, Newmarket in Alberton, Turffontein in Johannesburg and Gosforth Park in Germiston. South Africa has world class trainers and breeders who have developed the sport to the best international standards. Newmarket Turf Club, Alberton (telephone: (011) 907 9753), is 1 of the most famous horseracing courses in South Africa. Night racing is a new modernization. Details of meetings are published in the press.


There are sparkling, well maintained public pools in the suburbs of Brixton (telephone: (011) 837 2440), Ellis Park (telephone: (011) 402 5565), Linden (telephone: (011) 888 3750), Parkview (telephone: (011) 646 8754) and Roosevelt Park (telephone: (011) 782 2474).


Public courts are accessible at the municipal Marks Park complex, located on Judith Road, Emmarentia (telephone: (011) 486 1963), and at assorted recreation centres, such as Paterson Park, in Norwood (telephone: (011) 728 7250). Several of the golf clubs listed above have their own tennis courts.